Photonic Gallery for Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug and 500px

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WordPress galleries on steroids! A stylish plugin for beautiful galleries of your public and private Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug and 500px photos.

Author:Sayontan Sinha (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:4.9
WordPress version tested:5.8.1
Plugin version:2.75
Added to WordPress repository:02-09-2011
Last updated:21-09-2021
Rating, %:96
Rated by:160
Plugin URI:https://aquoid.com/plugins/photonic/
Total downloads:510 524
Active installs:10 000+
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Photonic takes the WordPress gallery and super-charges it with a lot of added functionality. It adds support for several new sources and parameters to enhance the content and look-and-feel of your galleries. It supports Flickr photos, Albums (Photosets), Galleries and Collections, along with Google Photos photos and albums, SmugMug folders, albums and images, Zenfolio photos, Photosets and Groups, and Instagram photos. You can also set up authentication so that visitors can see private and protected photos from each provider.

When used without the Gutenberg editor Photonic by default overrides the gallery shortcode. In case you happen to be using a theme or plugin that already overrides the gallery shortcode, Photonic provides you with the option to use your own shortcode for Photonic galleries. This lets your plugins coexist. Bear in mind that if you deactivate Photonic you will have to remove all instances of this custom shortcode, something that is not required if you stick to the gallery shortcode.

When used with Gutenberg Photonic creates no shortcodes, rather it creates blocks. If some of your posts were written with Gutenberg and some without, Photonic supports both scenarios.

Lightboxes

Of all plugins free or paid, Photonic has support built in for the highest number of lightbox scripts. This includes scripts that run on pure JavaScript without relying on external libraries, or those that require jQuery.

Pure JS Libraries

jQuery Based Libraries

Non-GPL alternatives like Fancybox2 are supported, provided you install the scripts yourself. With the exception of Thickbox the lightboxes have been adapted to become touch and gesture-friendly. See the Lightboxes page for details.

Support for Multiple Platforms

Flickr

The following Flickr concepts are supported in Photonic:

For demos of Flickr support visit the Flickr page.

Google Photos

The following Google Photos concepts are supported in Photonic:

For demos of Google Photos support visit the Google Photos page. Note that the Google has released the API in a “Developer preview” mode, so there are some restrictions around usage.

SmugMug

The following SmugMug concepts are supported in Photonic:

For demos of SmugMug support visit the SmugMug page.

Zenfolio

The following Zenfolio concepts are supported in Photonic:

For demos of Zenfolio support visit the Zenfolio page.

Instagram

Instagram photos are supported in Photonic. You can display your own feed, and while code has been written to support tags and locations, Instagram hasn’t approved Photonic’s access to others’ photos. This means that currently only displaying one’s own feed will work.

Native WordPress Galleries

Your existing galleries are left intact. However you can add a style parameter to a native gallery to open it up to Photonic. The style parameter can take any of the values documented on the Layouts page.

Other Photonic Goodies

Gallery Wizard

The WordPress Classic editor shows up with a button that says “Add / Edit Photonic Gallery”. Clicking on it launches a wizard that helps you interactively build out a gallery with just a few clicks.

Video Support

Photonic provides gallery and lightbox support for videos as well. Videos of the following sorts are supported:

  • External videos from YouTube or Vimeo can be opened in any of the lightboxes apart from Image Lightbox, Thickbox or BaguetteBox
  • Self-hosted or external videos in MP4 formats can be opened in any of the lightboxes apart from Image Lightbox, PrettyPhoto, Strip or Thickbox
  • Videos hosted by external service providers (Flickr, Google etc.) can be opened as a part of a gallery in any of the lightboxes apart from Image Lightbox, PrettyPhoto, Strip or Thickbox. Some lightboxes have issues with specific features. Please refer to the Lightboxes documentation for more.

Deep-Linking and Social Sharing

Photonic provides deep-linking support for non-WP images, and by extension, supports social sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Beautiful Layouts

Photonic displays your galleries in multiple forms:

  • A grid of square thumbnails (the default)
  • A grid of circular thumbnails (like Jetpack)
  • A neat justified grid
  • A masonry layout
  • A tiled, random mosaic (a much improved variant of the Jetpack Tiled Gallery layout)
  • A slideshow, using the Splide script

See the Layouts documentation page for details and examples.

Gutenberg Support

Photonic is Gutenberg-capable. While creating a block, just look for Photonic. Please refer to the documentation.

Obsessively Comprehensive Documentation (OCD)

Photonic’s documentation is comprehensive to the point of obsession. And yet, if you find something missing, please feel free to get in touch via the support forum


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